On a day when business in your store is going as usual, nothing can interfere and interrupt your daily processes quite like a clogged sewage drain in the bathroom. This one plumbing issue can have you dealing with all kinds of strife, from horrible smells and sewage backup to completely non-functional bathrooms. Therefore, just one instance can mean you have no choice but to close up shop for the day. Even though many retail business owners don't think much of this situation until they are smack dab in the middle of a catastrophe, there are actually a few things you can do to avoid the problem in your own retail store.
Make sure all sink drains are equipped with sturdy covers.
From small kids who know no better to people just trying to cause a problem, paper towels and everything else could make their way into open sink drains, which is bound to cause a blockage of some sort. Because of this, it is important that you work with a commercial plumber to choose only the best sink basins that have integrated sink drain covers that cannot be removed. These drain covers allow the flow of water but will prevent other objects from traveling down the pipes and into the wastewater lines where they can cause major issues.
Perform regular maintenance checks in the public restrooms.
The less of a presence of store maintenance personnel there is in a public restroom, the higher of a likelihood that you could run into sewage or drainage problems. Every stall should be frequently checked to ensure none of your toilets are filled with trash or debris. Likewise, with regular maintenance checks, trash receptacles can be emptied so people using the facilities do not flush items they should not simply because the trash is overflowing.
Invest in force-flush toilets for your public restrooms.
Low amounts of water flow and air pressure when a toilet is flushed will make it harder for waste to be pushed down an through the sewer lines, which can be a big problem in a public restroom that is used so frequent. If your toilets are outdated or not up to code, it can mean you have bigger problems with clogs. Investing in toilets that are capable of a force flush with ample air and water pressure may seem like an unnecessary investment, but these fixtures can definitely save you a lot of time, worry, and money down the road.
Reach out to a commercial plumber at a place like Cool Air Mechanical, Inc. for more ideas and suggestions.